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Malus domestica 'James Grieve'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Plant details

Early apples are usually eaten straight from the tree as they do not tend to keep well. 'James Grieve' is one of the best-known varieties, happiest in the north or drier east of the country. The well-flavoured large fruits can be picked in July for cooking, and may still be worth eating as late as Christmas if stored, although they are by then very soft. Like all apples, trees are grafted on rootstocks which affect their size and vigour, and may be trained in a number of different shapes. Pruning depends on the tree form and vigour of the rootstock, and should be checked in a handbook. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Malus

Species: domestica

Cultivar: James Grieve

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

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